Welcome to my website
I'm proud to represent the residents of Ipswich and the Somerset Region in Federal Parliament as member for the electorate of Blair.
On this website you'll find information on the work I do for Blair and the asssitance I can offer you as your local Federal member.
You can browse through my speeches and media releases and keep up to date with upcoming events.
Please don't hesistate to contact me if I can be of assistance with any Federal issue.
No money for Ipswich Motorway in Coalition Budget
The Government continues to ignore Ipswich and the Somerset region with the 2015-16 Federal Budget failing to allocate any real money to finish the Ipswich Motorway upgrade.
Finishing the last section of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade is vital to our economy and to the thousands of people who sit in traffic everyday and we can’t afford to wait until 2018/2019.
This isn’t just about fixing congestion and improving safety; it’s also about giving our farmers the very best opportunity to get their goods to the Rocklea Markets and for business to get their products to the Port of Brisbane for export.
Before the Federal Election, the Coalition made a commitment to fast track the upgrade the last six kilometre stretch of the Ipswich Motorway, but he’s turned his back on us and broken his commitment.
Blair hospital services to suffer as Coalition Government cuts $3.1 billion in funding
It has been revealed that hospital and health services covering Blair and surrounds will lose $3.1 billion in hospital funding from 2017-18 to 2024‑25 as part of Tony Abbott’s $11.8 billion cuts to health and hospital funding in Queensland.
Metro North area including Kilcoy will lose $2.3 billion in funding while the West Moreton region including Ipswich and the Brisbane Valley will have $803 million cut.
Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
On Thursday 25 June 2015, I spoke on the tabling of the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
My latest Speeches
- Blair Seniors Link Directory 2015 - 20 August 2015
- Cityhope Church's 'Day of Honour' service - 13 August 2015
- Centenary of ANZAC - 12 August 2015
- Speech to the GARMA Festival - 1 August 2015
- Address to Health Services Union NSW Branch Conference - 6 July 2015
- ADDRESS TO NOT-FOR-PROFT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - SYDNEY - 3 July 2015